The Dianne Costa Campaign Out and About in District 25
by TexasGOPVote on September 1, 2011 at 4:14 AM
The following was sent in from the Dianne Costa Campaign. Dianne is the former Mayor of Highland Village and is running for U.S. Representative in the 25th Congressional District. Dianne has been blessed in the ability to participate in the raising of seven sons and two daughters as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. As a Distinguished Credentialed Mediator, Dianne has a firm skill set that helps bring parties together for a common good.
Last week, my team and I were on the road with campaign volunteers touring Congressional District 25. The newly redrawn District 25 stretches from Hays County all the way up along Route 281 to Tarrant County and encompasses all or portions of 13 counties (Hays, Travis, Burnet, Lampasas, Coryell, Bell, Hamilton, Bosque, Erath, Somervell, Hill, Johnson, and Tarrant). I had such a wonderful time getting to know the residents of Congressional District 25 and learning more about the issues that are important to them. As a property owner within CD 25, these issues hit close to home for my family as well.
Our first stop was in Alvarado, a city in Johnson County. I met with Arrdeen Vaughan and had a delightful visit.
We then moved on to Cleburne, another city in Johnson County, and met with City Manager Rick Holden. As a former Mayor, I know all too well how important city managers are to local government. It was interesting to hear Mr. Holden’s perspective about his city and share my own experiences with city governance.
While in Cleburne we had a wonderful lunch at the Caddo Street Grill. Our hostess, Mandi, made us feel right at home!
We listened to the needs of small business owners in Glen Rose (Somervell County) when we stopped at Odie’s Newt. As a small business owner myself I can certainly identify with what it takes to keep a business thriving in harsh economic times.
We were fortunate enough to be able to attend a service at Cowboy Church in Stephenville, which is in Erath County. What a glorious congregation they have, and we were honored to participate!
The next morning, I met a student campaign volunteer, Olivia LeRoy, in Stephenville. We have been so blessed to have students such as Olivia bring excitement and energy to our campaign!
I met with Mike James, a shop owner and supporter in Hico, which is a city in Hamilton County.
Pastor Monty Van Horn from Highway 2 Heaven Biker Church and his family and friends welcomed us on our next stop. What an awesome group of believers!
The next morning I met with the Texas Restaurant Association in Travis County to discuss issues important to restaurant owners.
CD-25 includes our great state's Capitol! We will be there often not only to learn about District 25's issues, but to explore solutions for constituents.
In Dripping Spring (Hays County), I discussed issues with city workers outside the City of Dripping Spring offices. As Mayor in Highland Village, our city staff was the first point of contact for residents. I understand what a vital role they play and advocate programs that will help cities retain good employees.
We had a fantastic dinner at Flores Mexican Restaurant in Dripping Springs. What a wonderful respite after traveling all day!
I also met with the North Hays County Fire Rescue. I am awe struck at what selfless individuals it takes to man our public safety sector! We have had a horrendous drought in Texas, and these fine men and women work every day to insure our well being. Kudos to them all!
The next morning we visited Marble Falls in Burnet County. I had a great discussion with Sally Williams from the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. I listened as she spoke of the many important issues in their area of CD 25.
We also stopped by the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce where a family working there was gathering together school supplies. It was refreshing to see people of all ages rolling their sleeves up and working together on this project.
We had a delicious lunch at Giovanni's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria in Copperas Cove in Coryell County. I had delightful conversations with the restaurant owner and manager, the waiters, and residents of Copperas Cove.
On one of our last stops we visited the City of Copperas Cove Central Fire and EMS Station. There are really no words to express our thanks to these brave individuals for the work they do!